Sunday, 22 September 2019

278 - Storybook Dining Review

Welcome to the show notes for the Disney Dream Girls Podcast, show number 278 for Sunday 22nd September 2019.  If you want to listen, whilst reading these notes, just click the player below or alternatively find us in iTunesLibsyn, on Stitcher Radio or via any good podcast catching app.
On this week's show, Michelle and Jayne chat about some news items that caught their eye and then they review Michelle's experience at Storybook Dining at Artist's Point restaurant at The Wilderness Lodge. 
Firstly the entrance. There is a really cute display that the staff put out during opening hours; I thought that this was a nice touch.
On our arrival we checked in and we were escorted to our table. The restaurant had a woodland theme and there were lights twinkling on the tree, which changed colour. To one side, was a Disney backdrop for the Evil Queen - this is where you got to meet her (when invited). 

Our table had a cute card apple with character autographs wrapped around a red napkin. There was also a mini tree display stand (which we later found out was for displaying our appetisers and desserts).
As we opened our leather-bound menus, the story began...
We turned to the drinks selection and there was plenty of choice from alcoholic to non-alcoholic. Seeing these delivered to other tables was really fun as there were smoking drinks and colour changing 'potions'. We choose not to try one because we were driving. 
On to our meal. The appetisers are a trio of themed morsels. 
As my husband has a shellfish allergy, we had to see the chef and his choice was changed to a vegetable wrap (away from the prawn option). The choices were tasty and I would rank them from the soup, the cocktail and my least favourite was the terrine - I just did not like the texture.
 Moving on to the entrees. I was very pleased at the wide selection of options offered. My husband Tom chose the pork shank and I opted for the prime rib. Both were tasty and had a generous amount of meat. 
Being a Yorkshire girl, I was not impressed at the Yorkshire pudding (very doughy) but in my eyes, only my Mum (or myself) can make a good Yorkie!
Our desserts were served as a trio again. We did have an allergy warning marker on the plate so I was impressed that Disney took Tom's allergy very seriously and ensured that there was no cross-contaimination. Sadly, for me, I felt that the trio were too sweet to the point where neither of us could eat them. Very pretty - but just not for us.  We would have prefered something without as much sweetness. 
As a finale a treasure chest was presented to us and inside (once the smoke had cleared) we were served chocolate ganache hearts and caramel popcorn.
In between the eating, we had visits from Snow White, Grumpy and Dopey. I felt a little disappointed that the interaction with Snow was very brief and there was not another opportunity to meet her. However, the dwarves were a lot of fun and made up for the lack of fun we had with her. 
Our bill came to $117 so with tip it was $140. We paid and was invited to line up and meet the Evil Queen. There was a short line and by the time we reached the front, our former table had been cleared, cleaned and two new guests were drinking their speciality beverages!

The Queen was excellent. I had taken my poison apple handbag, I was wearing Snow White ears and a Snow White skirt. As I put the bag on a chair, she quipped, "You have removed the best part of the outfit!" Definately a great bit of interaction was had and there was a photopass photographer to capture those special moments.

Would I say it was value for money? Absolutely when considering Disney prices (especially when I compare it to say the fixed price dinner offering at Be Our Guest). For me, I would improve the desserts they just were far too sweet (and I am a girl who loves sweet things!).   

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